You're probably all familiar with this: you spend a couple of hours burning through pile of Google Reader/Read It Later/Instapaper items, and everything seems to clear and informational and your attention level is high and you get all those great ideas and... and it stays in your head for two days.
Do you know any good tools or habits I can use to improve retention of what I read? Do you keep a journal? Make notes? Write down short abstracts of more interesting articles? Periodically re-read some stuff?
This morning I spent three hours reading huge pile of science articles from 2010 and posts from ever-awesome, thought-inducing lesswrong
and like always after such a binge I have a problem: how am I actually going to translate all this wisdom into my everyday life instead of just forgetting it the very next day?
And I'm not talking about remembering some very particular pieces of information but generally keeping hold of interesting ideas
When I read something very fact-heavy I could always use SRS and cut out particularly interesting info. But in this case we're talking about much more general food for thought like reading new Edge, NYT articles, lesswrong etc.
Are you even familiar with what am I talking about? Or am I being such a damn perfectionist and should just let it go and accept that you are supposed to forget 90% of stuff that you read.
Background info: I read books *a lot* and I'm pretty good at retention etc. (I guess that's because in books you don't jump from topic to topic every fifteen minutes) So lack of attention isn't a problem. But with books I just know how to take notes and they usually are longer than 15 minutes so ideas have time to stick with you.
Reason it makes me sad panda so much is that most of stuff that I read I find really interesting and it gives me a lot of creative and uncommon views on my life. But they just don't seem to stay with me for as long as I'd hope for (which is longer than three days).
(sorry for any mistakes in text, English isn't my first language)